As noted by a lot of people in comments, there’s some “new” photos over at Leftlane News that were posted while I was sleeping (damn time zones!!).
First there’s these, which have been given the small treatment for a reason.
Wih thanks again to ctm, a quick check of the registration number of this vehicle (SRL 330) shows it to be a 9-3 SportCombi, owned by Saab Sweden and first registered in July 2006. It has a 184Kw petrol engine. The car has an Aero badge on the back and indeed, the 2007 Aero runs at 184kW in standard trim. A look at the front end photos shows no evidence of a bulge in the hood and the headlamps look exactly the same as a MY2007 SportCombi. The only difference I can see is that the brake calipers are painted blue.
This may be a test mule being used to test something with the SportCombi, but for all intents and purposes it looks just like a MY2007 SportCombi to me. One with blue calipers and an Eibach sway bar.
That final photo might tell us something, but I don’t know enough to say what. It was also used in the original Aftonbladet story, but cropped differently. Like Alec Baldwin with the submarine photos at the start of Hunt for Red October, I’ve passed it by our resident Saabologist to see if he sees anything unusual there. When I hear back from him I’ll let you know, especially if it’s hiding a secret, silent caterpillar drive!!
Matt the fudgepacker (aka Saabologist) has replied with regard to the fourth photo, via comments. Here’s the photo (clickable), adjusted to highlight the part in question. Matt’s comments follow below:
Mate, you lot are looking at an aluminium rear diff. No doubt. I dont have any info on the rear suspension layout on the wagon as I stopped working for them before I got my hands on it.
I’ll look at a wagon when I go to town tomorrow to check the rear set up. Pretty sure that this is a rear diff though, aluminium construction, cooling fins circular indent (for oil draining) and a rusty steel hex headed drain bolt in the circular indent. It’s a diff. What else could it be??
The photos below are more interesting, but they’re not all new, either. The good thing about them, though, is that they’re free of newsprint and much clearer than the original shots. So let’s take a look….
In these clear images we can see all the tape that’s being used to disguise the changes to the front grille and headlamp area.
As has been mentioned previously, we can possibly expect to see some daytime LED running lights across the top of the headlamps. The top section of the headlamps appears to be taped in the close up shots here and done in a fashion to shape them like 9-5 headlamps. What will the final shape be? We’ll have to wait and see.
There’s also lots of tape around the grille area, which is likely hiding a bit of bling.
The one photo amongst these that is new is the full frontal shot with the occupants blurred out. This gives a better everyday view of what the car might look like. Seen in full proportion I’ve moved from ‘pure automotive lust’ to ‘schwinggg’, but ‘schwinggg’ is still pretty darn nice!
That’s my 0.02c worth, have yours in comments.